The Mercedes-AMG SL Reaffirms Its Position in the World in 2022

The 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL63 parked outside the hotel the night before the test drive seemed to be taunting us to compare it to any SL before it. The redesigned SL has a smoother and softer form than its predecessor, with the same tall hood and short deck proportions but substantially shorter overhangs. It has a less bricky appearance than the preceding square-jawed form, with a curvier front and sculpted and sloping back. Despite its increased length, the new automobile looks to be smaller than the old one.

The previous-generation SL appeared to have given up its position as the lineup’s technological and design leader in favor of becoming simply another costly convertible. The company’s sales dropped.

The new car’s attractiveness isn’t just superficial. The SL’s new foundations are made of a mix of aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber, and steel, and they increase torsional rigidity by 18% over the previous SL. The new structure has a 4.6-inch larger wheelbase, allowing for small back seats, and the retractable hardtop of the previous two models is no longer available. It saves 46 pounds and lowers the center of gravity by switching to a fabric top.

You may choose from a range of throttle responses and steering efforts thanks to the several driving modes. On a winding road, the SL seems capable yet disconnected, as if it’s overthinking its goal. We can’t help but wonder whether there’s more going on beneath the surface than meets the eye. Torque vectoring, rear-wheel steering, and active suspension all operate in tandem, but not always. We discovered twitchiness, smoothness, sluggishness, and comfort in the same automobile with all three performing their jobs. Maybe it’s a little too clever for its own good.

The new SL has a lot of the charm that the previous SL lacked. The SL 22 is attractive, quick, and comfortable enough to fit into a portfolio that also includes the AMG GT.

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